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The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
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Mar 18, 09

Read in February, 2009

** spoiler alert ** This book takes place in an imaginative and disturbing story about a bleak, dangerous future world ("the Urb") and a teenage boy who must make his way through it to reach his ill adoptive sister. The boy is called Spaz, because he has epilepsy. This prevents him from using the drug-like mindprobes that are turning the others in the Urb into zombies. As a result, Spaz still has his memory, unlike the others; and an old man known as Ryter (one of the few people left who still remembers and values books) accompanies him on his quest and teaches him to value it. As they fearfully cross from one gang-ruled territory to another, they are joined first by a small boy and then by a "proov," a girl who lives in Eden, a beautiful land forbidden to the residents of the Urb. She is able to help Spaz's sister, but in the end Spaz and Ryter must return to the horrors of the Urb. When Ryter is killed by a mob, Spaz realizes that he must tell his story for posterity and become "the last book in the universe".
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